Friday, April 18, 2014
South Rim Trail - Roxborough State Park
South Rim Trail
Roxborough State Park
Date Hiked: April 18, 2014
Distance: 3.2 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 510 ft
Elevation Min/Max: 6,128 > 6,524ft
Roxborough State Park Trail Map
South Rim Trail Map (Google Maps)
Directions: This hike starts at the main parking area for Roxborough State Park (Park Fees are required). From Denver take C470 and exit at S. Wadsworth Blvd. Follow S. Wadsworth south until you pass by the Waterton Canyon Parking Area. The road then becomes Waterton Road as you bear left. Make a right on N. Rampart Range Rd. Take this road until it ends and you see the signs for Roxborough SP. When you enter the park you follow the good dirt road to the parking area and visitor's center. The trail starts across from the flag pole at the main trailhead.
This hike is simply amazing, I know, I say that about a lot of hikes... If you have never been to Roxborough before, this should be your first hike. The view from the top of the South Rim gives you a birds eye view of the entire valley, looking north to Longs Peak in the far distance. While the view from Carpenter Peak is phenomenal, this view puts it to shame.
The trail is easy to follow, signs point the way to the South Rim Trail. The trail will take you through the red rock formations and take you up to the top of the hogback rim for views to the east and west, then back down to the base of the red rocks. Along the way, you'll weave through evergreen patches and sandstone cliffs...this really has the feeling of being in a National Park. Although I know it can't compare, I am always reminded of Bryce Canyon when I hike this trail, something about the smell of the pine and the sand on a hot day brings me right back to childhood National Park trips...
The Fountain Valley trail may have the best rock formations, but the South Rim certainly has it beat with the great view. Even if the trail is crowded it is still the best way to get to know Roxborough State Park.